Orly Taitz is a California attorney, and successful Orange County dentist who is active in the Obama Eligibility Controversy. Dr. Taitz represents 2008 US vice-presidential candidate Gail Lightfoot in a case currently before the United States Supreme Court addressing the Obama eligibility issue. Dr. Taitz is also the lead attorney in a similar complaint by 2008 presidential candidate Alan Keyes which is in the California courts.[1][2][3]

The Lightfoot complaint is docketed before the United States Supreme Court as Gail Lightfoot, et al., Applicants v. Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State[4]. The plaintiffs seek to verify the eligibility of President-elect Barack Obama to assume the office of President of the United States. In particular, this complaint questions Obama's "natural born citizenship" status, which is required to assume the office under the Constitution of the United States.[5]

Currently, the onus of determining the eligibility of candidates to be on the ballot falls on each state in which the ballot is issued. Other states have been the target of similar lawsuits due to apparent lackadaisical efforts to verify the candidates (Barack_Obama_citizenship_conspiracy_theories#Litigation)[6].


  1. Ambassador Dr. Alan Keyes; Dr. Wiley S. Drake, Sr.; and Markham Robinson vs. Calfornia Secretary of State et al, Case No.: 34-200880000096-CUWMGDS, Petition for Writ of Mandate, Superior Court of California, Sacremento California
  2. 'Constitutional crisis' looming over Obama's birth location; Alan Keyes lawsuit warns America may see 'usurper' in Oval Office, Bob Unruh, World Net Daily, November 14, 2008.
  3. Former Obama opponent now suing to prove President-elect's citizenship, Rich Rogers, NBC Augusta, November 18, 2008.
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